Events in Florence and surroundings: detail
Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti, the new exhibition

01 January 2020 to 19 April 2020

Palazzo Pitti inaugurates the year 2020 with the exhibition "Worn by the Gods".

Palazzo Pitti, the Medici palace that has become one of the most important museums in the world, hosts the exhibition “Worn by the Gods. The Art of shoemaking in the ancient world, the epic movie and contemporary fashion" within the Museum of Costume and Fashion.

The new 2020 exhibition at Palazzo Pitti offers the unique opportunity to admire 80 pieces, both ancient and contemporary, representing shoes used in Rome between the 15th century BC and 4th century AD, compared with creations by modern stylists who have been inspired by the ancient caligae. Finally, to complete the exhibition, there are also examples of footwear worn by the actors in the classic Hollywood “Sword-and-sandal” peplum films.

Plato himself stated that "the art of shoemaking is a true science" and this exhibition sets out to highlight the art and technique of making shoes, a legacy honored by contemporary stylists to transform footwear into true works of art.

In addition to sculptures and paintings depicting the ancient caligae, the peplum section also allows you to admire the sandals of Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra, Charlton Heston’s shoes from Ben Hur, Russell Crowe’s footwear from the Gladiator, and Colin Farrell’s calighe from Alexander. Finally, in the section dedicated to contemporary shoes, you can admire designs by Genny, Céline, Richard Tyler, Renè Caovilla, and Donna Karan.

Palazzo Pitti is less than a 10-minute walk from the Convitto della Calza!